Defenders of Johnny Depp raised the specter of a “Gone Girl”-style scenario, saying they believed the allegation that Heard was blackmailing the actor. But plenty of Heard supporters said that her claim of domestic abuse should be trusted, and not only because she produced a photo of her bruised face.
“So tragic a woman has to share a picture like this to be believed.#AmberHeard,” tweeted Elizabeth Plank, along with a picture of Heard’s bruises allegedly inflicted by Depp.
But reader Bridget Void strongly disagreed: “Do you honestly think that Johnny has no history of abuse with women until one day when he’s 52 years old? Come on! Either you have it or you don’t. Also, why were there bruises on Amber’s face the day of court, but there was nothing there the day it actually (supposedly) happened, according to cops?”
Said another pro-Depp defender, Dave Ferrara: “The cops left and dismissed all accusations, and that’s pretty significant considering that they usually make an arrest if they get even a whiff of violence. It’s also pretty significant that Johnny’s ex- Vanessa Paradis – is defending him, especially considering that he supposedly dumped her to be with Amber Heard.”
The truth is no one outside of the two principals really know what happened, but the intense emotion is one reflection of the passion that celebrities can spark among their fans. TheWrap’s recent coverage has sparked thousands of comments in the last two days.
Heard said that Depp came to their Hollywood home on May 21 drunk and high, and proceeded to hit her in the face with his phone. She arrived in divorce court last week with visible marks on her face.
Stanhope, however, told a different story on Sunday in a guest column for TheWrap.
“Bingo and I were at Johnny’s house for most of that Saturday until just before the alleged assault,” he wrote. “We assumed initially that his dour mood was because of his mother’s death the day before. But he opened up in the most vulnerable of ways that it was not only his mother, but that Amber was now going to leave him, threatening to lie about him publicly in any and every possible duplicitous way if he didn’t agree to her terms. Blackmail is what I would imagine other people might put it, including the manner in which he is now being vilified.”
The column sparked a denial from Heard’s lawyer, Peter Sample, who called Stanhope’s allegations “absolutely and unequivocally false.”
On Tuesday, Heard filed a statement with the Los Angeles Police Department. Her lawyers released a statement explaining that she initially refused to give police an official statement in an effort to keep the divorce proceedings out of the press, but “Johnny’s team has forced” her to take action.
See samples of the support for Heard and against Depp – and vice versa – below.
— Kirsty S (@KirstyStricklan) May 28, 2016
“Bruises don’t show until a day or two… people seem to think when you’ve been injured, you automatically bruise, which isn’t true. How many times have you been asked, ‘how did you get that bruise’ and you don’t recall?” — by Dave Rave
I stand with #AmberHeard. Her strength and courage in standing up to her abuser is admirable. I wish the best for her.
— Jade See (@jadeseejw) May 28, 2016
This whole Johnny Depp thing is bollocks. Like he would hit anyone. He is a super chill guy. #TeamDepp
— Steven (@StevenHampson) May 31, 2016
— Elizabeth Plank (@feministabulous) May 27, 2016
This Amber Heard seems to be playing the victim card, seems like she's out to destroy Johnny Depp's career.
— J.Σ (@jayeddyy) May 31, 2016
— Beauchamps. (@Emma_RedVelvet) May 28, 2016
Every story I've ever heard about Johnny Depp has been about how genuine of a person he is. My jury's still out on the domestic abuse story.
— ibby (@ibbyispissed) May 31, 2016
— Sam Wingham (@SammiDubb) May 27, 2016
Just because #AmberHeard filed for divorce after his mom died that doesn't make her heartless or a gold digger. ????
— Kristin (@kristinseversxo) May 31, 2016
— Mary-Cate Smith (@thefashionhorn) May 31, 2016